7 Powerful Blogging Platforms You Barely Know About

Let’s start by asking you a question. What is the best blogging platform in your aspect? The answers will be variant. Some people will say WordPress is the king, where some other will vote for Blogger, Tumblr, TypePad and so forth.

One thing I’m assured of, the answers will be retained under popular names. We are of this tendency, popular items are always better. I also agree because people’s choice can’t go wrong.

But speaking frankly, I wouldn’t prefer something you choose excluding your taste, no matter what it is. You should give a bit more importance to your interest. Because you will be blogging, not the people ideally.

I admire popular items have gotten popular because they have something valuable. Though, the new-comers or less popular items are not less valuable. Today I’m going to share seven publishing platforms, you can’t avoid them any longer.

Blogging Platforms You Barely Know

Concealed but outstanding blogging platforms

1. Ghost

Ghost is beautiful, customizable and an open source platform, founded by John O’Nolan, the former representative of wordpress UX team. Its potential is to be simple, elegant but more powerful.

John thought, wordpress can move away from its position because of its complexity. So he oath to produce something that can be called simplified version of wordpress. Eventually, his idea resulted into Ghost on 19 September, 2013.

It’s a non-profit publication, open for all. You can customize, distribute, develop or do anything you want without any legal restriction. It’s altogether a spontaneous content management system with full customization.

Pros:

  • A new style of online publishing.
  • Minimal functionality for better understanding.
  • Works flawless without having any coding experience.
  • Offers dashboard that makes sense.
  • Supports the multi-author system.
  • Easy content and archive management.
  • Has own resourceful marketplace.
  • Responsive and mobile friendly web application.

Cons:

  • No comment system by default, needs third party programs.
  • Marketplace is low but growing rapidly.
  • Coded in Node.js, might look new to many of you.
  • Need to pay if you want to host on them.

What I particularly like:

  • Ghost is built with Node.js (a server-side javascript engine) and it’s super fast compared to any other platform.
  • Cloudflare is powering Ghost PRO network for improved security and performance.
  • Post editor is very interesting, like a split tester. It’s two columned; you will write on the left and preview will be showed upon the right box.

Cost: Free if downloaded. Ghost Pro starts from $10/month.

2. Wix

Wix is a quick and easy solution for publishers who want to go online right away. It’s a cloud-based company, offers to create HTML5 and mobile-friendly websites for free. It was founded in 2006 by Avishai Abrahami and his co-founders.

What’s new in it? Suppose, this is your first day at blogging, and you’ve no knowledge about it. You need to go live with a blog. Here, in this case, you can choose Wix.

It will take not more than 5-10 minutes to make a live blog with professional design. Don’t you have money to invest? You shouldn’t worry, they will host your site and provide supports almost like premium.

Pros:

  • Easy to go online.
  • Has app market for enhanced functionality.
  • Has basic SEO options by default.
  • Provides free hosting service.
  • Offers mobile site editor.

Cons:

  • Not open source. So you can’t modify.
  • Limited themes and plugins.
  • Free version will show Wix’s advertisement.

What I particularly like:

  • The drag and drop facility. You don’t need coding knowledge. All you will need is, drag elements and drop in your website.
  • Provides 100s of templates according to your need. Just one click is required to get started.
  • Usually none but they have own support center where you can get priority supports.

Cost: Free. Premium plan starts from $5.95/month.

3. Jekyll

Jekyll is a static site generator by GitHub’s co-owner, Tom Preston-Werner. It’s written in Ruby, processes content using Markdown and Liquid templates, can be served from any server including Apache and Nginx.

Are you fed up using dynamic contents? Time to say goodbye. You can use Jekyll to generate full static website and host them on GitHub repositories. According to the founder, it is simple, static and blog-aware.

Pros:

  • An open source platform.
  • Clean and minimal user interface.
  • Content focused platform.
  • Free hosting with Github.
  • Easy to read and write using Markdown.
  • Supports custom domain.

Cons:

  • Build with Ruby. This might be new to you.
  • Limited theme and plugin resources.
  • Supports only third party comments.

What I particularly like:

  • Damn easy to modify. All you need a basic knowledge of Liquid and you will make it your way.
  • GitHub is fast and secure than any other free platform. You will feel safe with them.
  • Google loves html websites. Jekyll will make you a full static html website.

Cost: Free

4. Postach.io

Postach.io is a free content publishing platform, based upon a note taking app “Evernote”. Gavin Vickery and Shawn Adrian are the gems (Co-Founders) behind this service.

Do you know what, it is not really a blogging platform, but works no less. It’s a notebook you write from Evernote app and sync online. It supports google analytics, disqus, custom domain, social sharing, markdown and some other important features as normal blogs do.

Postach.io has been integrated with Evernote and Dropbox, while they are working for Google Doc, Word and One Note compatibility. To be honest, it could be a very new experience for bloggers.

Pros:

  • Light weight and quick blogging solution.
  • Distraction free writing with Evernote.
  • Evernote client is available in all OS.

Cons:

  • Less customizing functionality.
  • Limited themes and resources.
  • Doesn’t have many blog features.

Why I particularly like:

  • Unique style of blogging, one out of hundreds.
  • Works more like an online notebook.
  • A perfect solution for travel bloggers. They can keep blogging on the go using any device.

Cost: Free. Premium plan starts from $5/month.

Out of the box content publishing

5. Medium

Medium is a content focused platform, founded by Twitter’s co-founders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone in 2012. Their focus was to provide Twitter users an easy way to share longer stories. So this is it.

It’s a dwelling place for people to meet, connect and share stores that matters. A perfect solution where writers can dive in and build a popular blog.

Pros:

  • A simple, content based platform.
  • Large community of active users.
  • The expanded version of Twitter to share long stories.

Cons:

  • No direct monetization options.
  • You will write under your Medium profile.
  • You won’t get a separate website.
  • Lacks of customization.

What I particularly like:

  • Load of audiences. Medium has acquired 165 million active users. You have chances to get promoted in front of them.
  • Lets you build your own audiences. By writing for them, you can gain more fans.
  • Opportunity to create a popular writing portfolio. You can deploy it as your work profile.

Cost: Free

6. Quora Blogs

Quora is intentionally a Q&A site but also developed into a blog of influences. It was co-founded by Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever, two former Facebook employees.

The editorial team will keep peeking on Quora to find useful stories and promote them to the main blog. This is not much that as a blogging platform but looks very similar. Quora will showcase top stories in front of their blog audiences.

Pros:

  • Quality content based blog.
  • Strong and engaging community.
  • Clean and user-friendly interface.

Cons:

  • Lacks of feeling like a personal blog.
  • No separate site on a domain or sub-domain.
  • Customization is not in your hand.

What I particularly like:

  • You can be a writing superstar. The most active writer gets 1+ million annual views in average.
  • Chances to grow thousands of followers who love to read your writings.
  • Offers you to attract more customers to your business or website.

Cost: Free

7. LinkedIn Pulse

LinkedIn is the professional social network, let influences write stories on LinkedIn Pulse (also known as LinkedIn Today). It was initially limited to invited members, but now it has announced open for all.

No doubt, if you love LinkedIn, you would love to increase your profile reach. Showing up your face in LinkedIn Pulse, you can attract more people that will pay visits to your professional profile.

Pros:

  • Huge community, consist of hundreds of millions of users and counting.
  • Open to all LinkedIn users.
  • Chance to drive Linkedin networking to a new level.

Cons:

  • This is not an open source platform.
  • You are limited within your profile.
  • No direct money making opportunities.

What I particularly like:

  • You will be exposed in front of large audiences, mostly targeted.
  • Social and seo benefits you never imagined.
  • Public blogging system. More like guest blogging on the social platform.

Cost: Free

Summary

Sigh! Don’t they make you confused? It is to be because of the availability. Hundreds of platforms are available online where we need to choose one suitable.

These seven platforms are fit and unfit in many cases. I’m writing down following seven points that help you realize whom they are recommended for:

  1. Ghost is recommended for them who want the simplest version of wordpress.
  2. Wix is recommended for them who want to go online in no time.
  3. Jekyll is recommended for them who want a full static website.
  4. Postach.io is recommended for them who travel all the time.
  5. Medium is recommended for them who want to share long twitter stories.
  6. Quora is recommended for them who want to get in front of large audiences.
  7. LinkedIn is recommended for them who want to get more profile reaches.

These sound interesting, right? I will be grateful if you share your rare but favorite publishing platform in comments.

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  1. Carol Amato February 15, 2015
    • Abrar Mohi Shafee February 15, 2015
  2. Ali August 1, 2015
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